The Lakers would have traded Pau Gasol for Chris Paul.
But were unwilling to trade Gasol for Rajon Rondo.
The question begs, how big of a gap is there between Paul and Rondo? Something to ponder while you read the details.
The teams talked last week about a trade for Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, though nothing was close to accomplished and discussions dried up.
The Lakers are unwilling to trade Pau Gasol for Rondo, making a deal with Boston unlikely before the trade deadline Thursday.
“Unless they give up Gasol, they’re not going to get a top-level point guard,” said a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to discuss it publicly.
The Lakers seem unwilling to make a big trade until the last moments before the trading deadline passes. Personally, if Boston was serious about giving up Rondo for Gasol, I would have accepted that deal.
I don’t even know how it would benefit Boston in any way, but I could see how it could benefit the Lakers especially if Andrew Bynum continues to improve.